Kentucky out of running for Amazon HQ2

01/18/2018 12:34 PM

SEATTLE- Despite efforts from city and state leaders, Kentucky will not be home to the new Amazon second headquarters.

Amazon announced the 20 metropolitan areas chosen as finalists for HQ2. The company plans to invest over $5 billion in construction costs and estimates the new headquarters will bring in 50,000 jobs.

The metropolitan areas chosen are:

- Atlanta, GA

- Austin, TX

- Boston, MA

- Chicago, IL

- Columbus, OH

- Dallas, TX

- Denver, CO

- Indianapolis, IN

- Los Angeles, CA

- Miami, FL

- Montgomery County, MD

- Nashville, TN

- Newark, NJ

- New York City, NY

- Northern Virginia, VA

- Philadelphia, PA

- Pittsburgh, PA

- Raleigh, NC

- Toronto, ON

- Washington D.C.

The Greater Louisville area and Northern Kentucky were two of the 238 communities who submitted proposals to the company.

“Greater Louisville submitted a very competitive bid for Amazon HQ2. We will continue to swing for the fences every day.” Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, chief of Louisville Forward, and Kent Oyler, president and CEO of Greater Louisvill Inc said in a joint statement.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Amazon expects to make a decision this year.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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